Wet weather may impact on Northland highways says NZTA


The NZ Transport Agency says showers forecast for Northland later this week will make highways and roads slippery and people will need to drive to the conditions.

“After this long dry spell, there will be a build up of contaminants that will make surfaces slippery if it rains,” says the NZTA’s Regional Assets Manager, Steve Mutton.  “Wet weather increases the risk of a crash and people will need to take extra care and allow a little more time for their travel to reach their destinations safely.”

Mr Mutton says people should be aware of changed driving conditions at the following Northland state highway locations:-

  • SH1/SH14 intersection to Mt Pleasant Road, Whangarei: Underground drilling and minor excavation continuing within shoulders, footways and berms. The NZTA is working with Northpower Fibre and Drill Tech to minimise any disruption, but drivers should be aware that lanes have been narrowed.
  • SH1, Whangarei: The SH1 Improvements through the city from the SH1/SH14 intersection to SH1/Selwyn Avenue involve lane restrictions. The improvement may increase journey times.
  • SH1, Moerewa:  Daytime diversions are in place which may impact on drivers’ journey times.
  • SH14/Awakino Point East Rd intersection, Dargaville - Northland Field Days, 21-23 February: Traffic control will be operating and a 30kph will be in place between 7am & 6pm.
  • SH12 Waimamaku near Opononi – Waimamaku Wild West Festival, 23 February: Be aware of more traffic than normal and roadside parking restrictions between 8am and 6pm.

The NZTA thanks drivers for their co-operation while these improvements and maintenance projects are being completed. People can ring 0800 111 655 for more information.